Boutique Apartments Sydney

Various locations, Sydney, Australia Book from Book from £165 per night

A clutch of contemporary inner-city apartments sleeping 2-6 apiece (self-catering; set in Circular Quay, Potts Point and Darlinghurst)
We've been coming to Sydney for years for its incomparable harbour, stunning beaches, warm welcome, Asian-Pacific-influenced cuisine, and bright sunshine. And we've been looking for stylish and spacious apartments there for almost as long. So we're delighted to have finally found this collection of contemporary boltholes curated by a long-established agency in a range of popular inner-city locations, each a wonderful base for exploring.

There's a choice of one- or 2-bedroom apartments in trendy Darlinghurst, plus a romantic open-plan affair in upscale Potts Point, with wonderful views of the Sydney skyline. The showstopper 2-bedroom apartment overlooking Circular Quay comes with huge picture windows and a state-of-the-art kitchen, while a 3-bedder in Darlinghurst is perfect for larger families or a group of friends. Interiors run the range from minimalist-modern to understated mid-century style to luxe lounging, and are a testament to functional and modern Australian design. Whether this is your first time in Sydney or your next, you'll be as pleased as us to have found your perfect home-from-home.

Highs

  • Fantastic central locations, with restaurants, shopping and sights an easy stroll away (each apartment has an information pack detailing local restaurants/grocery stores/taxi companies/doctors etc)
  • Cool, contemporary design
  • A choice of sizes and price points to suit all
  • If your chosen apartment isn't available for your dates, you'll be offered an alternative, which will be similar in price point and location (not shown here)
  • Much better value than a hotel, considering the square footage you get, plus the flexibility to self cater or eat out. And a caretaker will meet you to show you the apartment and is your point of contact for your stay

Lows

  • We're yet to view the apartments in person
  • You'll need to book ahead for popular times of year
  • No extra beds permitted and baby cots incur an additional cost
  • Minimum stays of 3-7 nights, depending on the apartment
  • Note rates don't include an end-of-stay cleaning fee

Best time to go

Sydney is superb year-round and shines even on the dullest of days (note that when it rains it pours); summer months are the most sought-after. The Sydney Festival runs throughout January, Australia Day (26 January) celebrations see a flotilla of craft on the harbour, the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is the last 2 weeks of February, the Royal Easter Show is Australia's biggest annual event, Vivid Sydney (son et lumiere displays around the city including the Opera House) runs end-May-mid-June, the Sydney Film Festival enlivens June, the start of the Sydney-Hobart yacht race is an iconic sight on 26 December, and the New Year's Eve fireworks are the envy of the world.

Our top tips

The inner-city suburbs of Surry Hills, Redfern and Chippendale are now eclipsing the Eastern suburbs when it comes to cutting-edge creativity. Head that way for the latest restaurant openings, galleries such as White Rabbit, theatre including Belvoir Street, and funky shops.

Great for...

Beach
City Style
Family
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 5 apartments for 2-6
  • Self-catering; restaurants nearby
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
  • Local information pack
Room: Sky Loft

Rooms

Each apartment is styled individually, but all have a contemporary aesthetic with open-plan kitchen-dining-living spaces and large windows. Duplex Apartment One (sleeping 2) has airy, plant-filled interiors with wooden floors, modular furniture and 3 sunny terraces. Two-bedroomed Apartment Two (sleeping 2-4) is ultra-modern, featuring a glass wall with light filtered through a stand of bamboo, kitsch art and a long, narrow living area. Staying here gives you access to a gym, indoor pool and sauna in the building. Both apartments are on quiet streets in trendy Darlinghurst.

In contrast, Potts Point View (sleeping 2) has an understated mid-century style with designer furniture, and a loft-style feel with exposed concrete pillars. The view through picture windows across the Botanic Gardens to the CBD is superb.

Centrally located on Circular Quay next to the Opera House, Quay View (sleeping 2-4) has incredible views of the Harbour Bridge, The Rocks and ferries plying their trade below. It comes with a terrace and 2 bedrooms.

Or for a Bond-villain lair, luxurious Sky Loft (sleeping up to 6) is enormous, with 2 living rooms, 3 bedrooms, a long spectacular balcony facing the Sydney skyline and a great sociable location in Darlinghurst. Guests have access to a gym, pool and spa within the building.

Features include:

  • Coffee maker
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Oven
  • Satellite TV
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

Kitchens come with the requisite bells and whistles, crockery and cutlery. And a starter set of tea, coffee, salt, pepper, loo rolls, and bin bags. Apartment One has an all-white compact designer kitchen in an island within the open-plan living area, and a table seating 3. Apartment Two's larger state-of-the-art version is a sleek affair along one wall. Potts Points View's is similarly arranged but in a darker scheme to compliment its mid-century vibe. Both these have dining space for 6.

Quay View has a large sociable space comprising a living area (with views, natch), table and chairs for 8 and a corner kitchen delineated by a high bank of units to keep the cooking preparations discreet. Swankiest of all is the kitchen in Sky Loft, which comes with double ovens plus a gas and induction hob, a large marble breakfast bar and dining table for 12; entertain in style!

All apartments are close to grocery stores for food shopping, and to a plethora of restaurants. Sydney's dining scene is excellent and diverse. A private chef can be booked for a special occasion.

Features include:

  • Chef on request
  • Coffee maker
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating: Apartment Two
Activity:

Activities

  • Take time to properly admire the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Then take a ferry across the harbour to either Taronga Zoo or Manly for fabulous views
  • The Australian Museum and Art Gallery of NSW abut Hyde Park and the Domain, which lead naturally on to the Royal Botanic Gardens, all the way down to the water
  • Head to those iconic beaches: a favourite inner-harbour destination is tidal Murray Rose Pool (Redleaf) in Double Bay; most agree Bondi can't be beaten, but Bronte, Tamarama and the Northern Beaches have their supporters, too
  • The Eastern suburbs of Paddington, Darlinghurst and Potts Point are positively infested with good restaurants, coffee shops, trendy boutiques, cool cocktail bars, galleries and nightlife
  • Popular walking trails include from Bondi to Coogee, Watsons Bay and the South Head, Spit Bridge to Manly

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Sydney is a fantastic playground for families, with beaches, ferry rides, a world-class zoo, museums and a myriad of attractions. Staying in a centrally located apartment with a well-equipped kitchen makes recovering from the long journey to get here all the easier, as well as providing flexibility and more space than you'd get in the average hotel room.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Apartment Two, Quay View and Sky Loft all have second or third bedrooms which can be configured as twins. Quay View and Sky Loft have baths.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots on request
  • High chair on request (additional cost)

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Ferry rides
  • The Rocks
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Harbour beaches
  • Ocean beaches
  • Cricket, rugby and Aussie rules football matches in Moore Park
  • Fox Studios
  • Centennial Park
  • Darling Harbour museums
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Sydney Museum
  • Hyde Park

Distances:

  • Airport: 45 minutes' drive
  • Hospital: 10 minutes (St Vincents)
  • Shops: 1 minute
Kid Friendly:

Location

The apartments are in a range of inner-city locations in Sydney, on the coast of NSW.

By Air:
Fly into Sydney (10km). The apartments are about 45 minutes away via taxi. There is also a direct airport link bus to Circular Quay or Wynyard station (heart of the CBD), and some apartments are walkable from there.

By Car:
It's probably best if you don't have a car given the parking restrictions and congestion. There are a plethora of taxis around and it is easy to hail one in the streets. But if you want to hire a car to explore the region, see our car rental recommendations. Apartment Two has a dedicated car parking space.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Sydney International Airport 10.0 km SYD

Other:

  • Beach 3.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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